Disclaimer: This is a satirical piece.
Let me ruin this country at my own will and to a limitless extent. I do not love my country. My patriotism for this country is reserved for specific days like August 15 or January 26, or any ‘Jayanti’ (birth anniversary of a leader who played a major role in the struggle for freedom).
I was born in a democratic country, constitutionally, but enjoy my freedom in it, as if it’s prevailing anarchy.
I would like to cheat my fellow countrymen; loot them as per my own will, in the form, of CWG scam, 2G scam and Coalgate. If I am a government servant, I will accept bribes for any work I do for the common man. Even though I am a public servant, I will treat them as my servants. I would happily bribe a government official to get my work done on a priority basis. If I am a wealthy member of society, I will never care to think of the consequences resulting from my own actions.
I f I am a local leader, I would love to spread mistrust and misunderstanding among communities; spread the venom of communal disharmony. And if I am a common man, I will fan the rumours and spread tension. I would easily pick up a fight and show my strength on a weak person. If I am the youth, I will be misguided by local politicians and ‘netas’ (politicians) and raise arms and ammunitions against my own countrymen, just in the name of caste or religion.
I love to blame the municipal corporation for not maintaining the sewer system, although I will throw garbage anywhere, at my will. I love to spit anywhere and everywhere. I am amused to see the stains of gutkha and pan painted red on doors, corridors and every nook and corner of government hospitals and offices, and then feel sad about the bad upkeep of the buildings.
It gives me immense pleasure to blame the government in a general discussion for its inaction, although I would never like to stay updated and be an informed citizen. I have very little regard for democratic institutions like the Constitution, law and the Police, but I want them to help me in times of need. I will do nothing to bring about a change in society but think it is my duty to mock a person who tries to bring about social change.
I don’t have any commitment towards my country but will always ask the country for its commitments towards me, and then I’ll easily love to claim patriotism annually.
I am you!
This article was earlier published in the Merinews.com on 26 September 2015